Pistachio Shortbread Dessert

This next recipe is one my mom tried out. It’s one we’ve made different variations of since I was little. The reason we keep making it is because it’s easy and so delicious!

My hubby is a HUGE pistachio fan, and he loves Shortbread Cookies so he’s already asked if I could make this asap. We’re actually in Arizona right now and my mom is planning on making it again this week while we’re here just because she knows how much Lorin would love it. (Thanks, Mom!!)

If you love pistachio, pudding, shortbread cookies, and M&Ms too – then you’ll also love this dessert!

Delicious Pistachio Shortbread Cake - YUM!! #cake

Looks fab, right?

Here’s the recipe for this Pistachio Shortbread Dessert:

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Pistachio shortbread
  • 1 13 oz pkg shortbread cookies
  • 3 TB butter, melted
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding
  • 2¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 small cartons cool whip, divided
  • M&M's
  1. Smash shortbread cookies in a ziploc bag, till fine. Put crumbs in melted butter and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes in the oven until golden. Let cool.
  2. Smooth together cream cheese, sugar and 2 cups of your cool whip. Pour an even layer over crushed cookie crust.
  3. Mix the milk and pudding mix together till it thick. Pour over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Spread your remaining cool whip over the top and refrigerate.

Adapted from HERE.ย 

Pistachio Shortbread CakePistachio Shortbread Dessert - haven't met someone who doesn't like it. { lilluna.com }

My mom used the mini Baking M&Ms for for the top but you can use sprinkles, crumbs or anything else you like. :)

My mom was actually telling me that they liked this so much that they’ve made it twice in the last week and a half. With us here, it looks like it will be 3 times in the last two weeks. I think that means it’s pretty delicious!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Pictures for the recipe were taken by my sister, Tara Martindale.

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  1. 1

    I love love love love pistachios and shortbread. This sounds DREAMY. Can’t wait to make it!! Lorin’s got great taste!
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  2. 3

    Oh these look soooo good!!! The Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies as well!! Def wanna try these when I visit my grandma’s again cause she’s the one with the oven lol. thanks for sharing your recipes!!

  3. 5

    That looks so good. I’m excited to try it!!


  4. 7

    This looks delicious! So festive too! Perfect for Christmas!
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  5. 9

    Yummy!! I love pistachios. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  6. 11

    Tried to make this but I was wondering if the measurements are right for the shortbread crust. Followed exactly what it called for, but the crust did not bake together and I was left with crumbs. When I tried to smooth on the cream cheese layer, the crumbs ended up completely mixed in with this layer. I’m sure it will still be yummy, but it definitely doesn’t have a nice crust.

  7. 12

    Do you think the recipe will work if I use skim milk?

  8. 14

    make one like this with red jello

  9. 15

    I’m excited to try this. I found you from the Crazy for Christmas Pinterest Party! Looks fabulous!

  10. 17

    I always wanted to have a kitchen aid mixer but couldn’t afford one.I would love to see how good it works

  11. 18

    What kind of short bread cookies is everyone using? I don’t know what to buy. Please don’t reply any brand will do please give me some examples. Thanks

  12. 21

    TOTAL FAIL. 2 3/4 cups of milk for the pudding????? I’m now stuck with half a recipe that’s turned to crap because the pudding is SOUP. You don’t do 2 cups of milk for the regular pudding. So much for following a blog recipe. Have you ever even made this before? or just mistype your Mother-in-laws recipe?
    Thanks but no thanks.

    • 22

      I’m sorry, but you are wrong. ONE box of pudding calls for 2 cups of milk. This recipe calls for 2 boxes of pudding, so 2 3/4 cup of milk is LESS than what the pudding would usually call for. You mix the milk and pudding until it thickens up, which takes a few minutes, and then pour it over the cream cheese layer. You must not have followed the direction properly.

      • 23

        I want to apologize in public. It was my fault. I most definitely did read it wrong. Since I live 25 minutes from a grocery store, running and grabbing another box isn’t an option, so I folded in some extra whipped cream. It still turned out yummy. I apologize for my rant, I don’t mind admitting when I’m most definitely in the wrong. ๐Ÿ˜€ If you want to delete my comment please do so, but if only for you. I made myself look like an idiot and what happens on the internet, stays on the internet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck to you! It was a yummy dessert after all!

  13. 24

    Do you use store bought Shortbread cookies? Like Keebler? Or shortbread cookie dough?

  14. 26

    looks yummy. If I want to serve this Christmas Eve, how far in advance can I make this.

    • 27

      Personally, I never make a recipe more than 24 hours in advance just so it’s fresh. Also, I would definitely wait to add sprinkles or candies on top until right before serving so they don’t discolor the cool whip on top. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. 28

    So I learned my lesson. Print the recipe out before you make it. I was so excited to make it because my mom use to make it and I would devour it. So I ran to the store and grabbed the ingredients, what I thought were the ingredients. I was looking at my phone. When I got home and started to make it I discovered I needed 2 pudding boxes and my whipped cream topping was frozen. It was too late to go back so I had to wait to the next day. Then I realized I forgot to put in the powdered sugar. Then when I wwnt to go make the second box of pudding I added the 2 cups of milk and it turned to soup. I also needed more whipped topping than a whole tub for the top. It turned out fine but I’m going to make it again sometime in a smaller dish. Ill be keeping this and your other recipes. Glad I found this on Pinterest!

  16. 30

    Making today yum

  17. 31

    I’m excited to make these! My hubby went and got the ingredients for me, but couldn’t find a 13oz package keebler Sandie’s cookies, the package is 11.2 oz. He bought two packages… Should I use some from the other package to equal 13 oz? I just don’t want the crust to not turn out. Thanks!

    • 32

      I would definitely use some from the other package, but it’s up to you how much. If you want more of a crust I would add half of the other package and then add 1-2 more TB of butter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. 33

    could skim milk be used? I never buy whole milk. Making this for Xmas eve. Thanks!

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